City Section

Saturday, Jan. 31


Taft 90, Sylmar 74
Jordan Farmar had 34 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and six steals and freshman Pierce Brooks had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead visiting No. 9 Taft (18-3), which opened up a 31-point lead in the third quarter. Sylmar is 14-7.

Friday, Jan. 30


Crenshaw 107, Locke 53
Genaro Jefferson scored 22 points and Sone Finister had 20 points to lead visiting and No. 11 Crenshaw (13-4, 5-1). Locke is 2-6, 2-4.

Fremont 71, Manual Arts 41
Danny Williams scored 18 points to lead visiting Fremont (10-9, 4-2). Manual Arts is 0-6 in league.


Bell 53, Roosevelt 41
Joseph Strickland scored 14 points to lead the host Eagles. Adrian Garcia added 13 points for Bell.

Garfield 64, Huntington Park 51
Steve Monreal had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, his fourth triple-double in the last six games for host Garfield (7-2, 5-1). Jimmy Leal had 20 points for Huntington Park (1-5 in league).

South Gate 62, L.A. Jordan 51
Lorenzo Mata had 22 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks for host South Gate (12-8, 6-0). Chris Johnson had 22 points for L.A. Jordan (3-3 in league).


Narbonne 82, Gardena 56
Christian Smith had 44 points, making nine of 13 three-point shots, for Narbonne (12-9, 4-2). Eules Thompson had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Narbonne. Gardena falls to 1-5 in league.

San Pedro 64, WIlmington Banning 58
Tyquan Lee had 17 points and six assists for San Pedro (7-13, 3-3). Miguel De la Luz scored 22 points for host Banning (1-5 in league).

Washington 64, Carson 57
Hershel Simonet had 16 points and six rebounds to lead host Washington (9-7, 4-2). Ryan Walton had 19 points and Gerard Anderson had 15 points for Carson (13-8, 5-1).


Franklin 55, Belmont 47
Thadeus Twardak had 14 points to lead host Franklin (14-9, 6-2).

L.A. Wilson 57, L.A. Marshall 44
Abraham Vinnegas scored 18 points for Wilson (10-5, 7-1), which remained in sole possession of first place in league. Jairo Ventura scored 16 points for host Marshall (5-3 in league).


Grant 70, Verdugo Hills 62
Thomas Ware had 17 points and nine rebounds for visiting Grant (14-7, 5-1).

Hollywood 58, North Hollywood 50
Arturas Lazdauskas and D.J. Edwards each scored 13 points for host Hollywood (13-8, 3-3). Josh Hernandez had 10 points for North Hollywood (1-5 in league), which trailed, 35-18, at halftime.

Sun Valley Poly 63, Canoga Park 61
Ray Castanos had 21 points to lead host Sun Valley Poly (8-13, 4-2), which outscored Canoga Park (10-10, 4-2), 27-12, in the fourth period.


Monroe 80, Granada Hills Kennedy 60
Dawin Whiten scored 20 points and Justin Ritter and Brandon James each scored 17 points to lead host Monroe (14-6, 5-1). Granada Hills Kennedy is 8-12, 2-4.

Reseda 116, San Fernando 76
Joel Spriggs and Alex Mak had career highs of 36 and 31 points, respectively, for visiting Reseda (7-6, 4-2). Mak had five three-point baskets. Gabriel Julio had 30 points for San Fernando (1-5 in league).

Sylmar 66, Van Nuys 55


Chatsworth 83, Birmingham 74
Damian Izatondan had 18 points for Chatsworth (4-9, 2-6).

Cleveland 96, El Camino Real 63
USC-bound senior Nick Young had 29 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals for host Cleveland (20-3, 6-1). Andre Murray added 18 points and four steals for Cleveland, which used a 22-5 second-quarter run to build a 52-28 lead at halftime. Kevin Johnson scored 14 points for El Camino Real (13-8, 3-3).

Taft 83, Granada Hills 56
Jordan Farmar had 39 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals and freshman Pierce Brooks had 12 points and 10 rebounds for host Taft (17-3, 6-1).


Fairfax 91, Palisades 49
Josh Shipp had 36 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists and Jamal Boykin had 20 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals to lead visiting and No. 2 Fairfax (17-3, 5-1).

Venice 72, L.A. Hamilton 69
Walter Thompson had 35 points on 11 of 15 shooting for host Venice (9-12, 2-4). Antoine Bernal had 25 points for L.A. Hamilton (0-6 in league).

Westchester 75, L.A. University 36
Ray Reese had 14 points for host No. 1 Westchester (19-2, 6-0). Desmond Eaton had 12 points for L.A. Univerisity (9-11, 2-4).

Thursday, Jan. 29


Sherman Oaks CES 73, Valley Alternative 40
Andrew Serber had 20 points for visiting Sherman Oaks CES (3-5, 3-3).


Los Angeles 53, Belmont 44
Joseph Newman scored 14 points to lead visiting Los Angeles. Joseph Martinez had 13 points and 18 rebounds for Belmont (5-9, 1-6).

Wednesday, Jan. 28


Dorsey 59, Fremont 56
Dawayne Cotton made the game-winning three-pointer with one minute left and Jonathan Heard scored 20 points for No. 10 Dorsey (17-2, 5-0), which trailed, 29-26, at halftime. Fremont is 3-2 in league.

Locke 81, Jefferson 76
Marcus Smyer had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Terrence Hunt added 26 points and 10 rebounds and Moses Davenport tallied 11 points and 13 assists to lead visiting Locke (3-4, 2-3).


King-Drew 63, Foshay 59 (OT)
Daniel Stew scored 15 points and set career-highs with 25 rebounds and eight blocked shots to lead visiting King-Drew (9-8, 6-0). Kryston Tillett scored a game-high 16 points for Foshay (6-8, 4-2).

L.A. CES 80, Marlton 24
Ben Braziel scored 25 points and Tabrin Gulley added 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for L.A. CES (11-10, 4-2) at Marlton (0-6, 0-6).

Middle College 52, Elizabeth 49 (OT)
Chris Broughton had 23 points and six steals to lead visiting Middle College.


Garfield 83, Roosevelt 68
Steve Monreal had 25 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals and Emilio Chavez added 20 points and seven rebounds for host Garfield (5-2, 4-1).

L.A. Jordan 42, Huntington Park 39
Chris Johnson had 10 to lead LA Jordan (3-2 in league). Sal Garcia had 12 points for host Huntington Park (8-11, 1-4).

South Gate 55, Bell 42
Lorenzo Mata had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots for host South Gate (11-8, 5-0), which led, 23-8, after one quarter.


Carson 72, San Pedro 49
Jerard Anderson had 20 points and Marquis Washington added 18 points to lead visiting Carson (13-7, 5-0). San Pedro is 2-3 in league.

Gardena 64, Wilmington Banning 49
Carl Munns scored 24 points on eight three-pointers for host Gardena (5-14, 1-4), which led, 30-12, at halftime. Miguel Delaluz scored 18 points for Banning (1-4 in league).

Narbonne 58, Washington 55
Eules Thompson scored 25 points for host Narbonne (11-9, 3-2), which led, 38-21, at halftime. Kenny Bowman had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for visiting Washington (8-7, 3-2).


L.A. Marshall 52, Los Angeles 31
Ronnie Aguilar scored 20 points for Marshall (10-8, 5-2) at Los Angeles (5-10, 2-5).

L.A. Wilson 63, Eagle Rock 40
Josh Valentine had 16 points and Abraham Venegas added 14 for host Wilson (10-5, 6-1), which led, 34-20, at halftime. J.R. De Los Reyes had 12 points for Eagle Rock (4-3 in league).

Franklin 64, Lincoln 61


Canoga Park 62, Hollywood 59
Aaron Terry scored 18 points to lead Canoga Park (10-9, 4-1). Arturas Labbuskas had 17 points for host Hollywood (12-8, 2-3).

Grant 56, North Hollywood 45
Mike Danielian and Dimitri Levin both had 15 points to lead host Grant (13-7, 4-1). North Hollywood drops to 6-13, 1-4.

Verdugo Hills 67, Sun Valley Poly 62
Joey Temple had 19 points for host Verdugo Hills (4-16, 1-4). Omar Castaneda had 19 points for Sun Valley Poly (7-13, 3-2). Verdugo Hills broke a 36-game losing streak in league play.


Granada Hills Kennedy 72, San Fernando 39
Robert Valentine had 17 points to lead host Granada Hills Kennedy (8-11, 2-3) past San Fernando (3-11, 1-4).

Sylmar 90, Reseda 77
Chris Booker had 32 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists to lead host Sylmar (11-4, 5-0) past Reseda (6-6, 2-3).


Cleveland 97, Chatsworth 48
Nick Young had 31 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore Corey Duncan added 19 points and seven steals for No. 8 Cleveland (19-3, 5-1), which led, 29-8, at the end of the first quarter. Chatsworth is 3-17, 1-4.

Granada Hills 88, Birmingham 49
Forward Savoy Fraine had 29 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for host Granada Hills (9-11, 2-3), which led, 44-26, at halftime. Birmingham is 4-14, 0-5.

Taft 63, El Camino Real 62
Jordan Farmar had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead visiting and No. 9 Taft (16-3, 5-1), which had a 16-point lead in the third quarter. El Camino (13-7, 3-2) missed a potential game-winning shot with one second left.


L.A. University 78, L.A. Hamilton 75 (2 OT)
Desmond Eaton had 33 points and 18 rebounds, Thomas Frames added 18 points and Joe Broder hit a game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left in double overtime for University (9-10, 2-3). Derrick Edwards and Antonio Bernal each scored 17 points for host Hamilton (0-5 in league), which led, 46-39, after three quarters.

Palisades 63, Venice 52
Deandre Bell had 22 points to lead Palisades (12-8, 3-2). Venice falls to 1-4 in league play.

Westchester 63, Fairfax 55
What was supposed to be the heart of the boys' basketball season for Westchester was looking more like the tail end Wednesday night.

The Comets were playing in their first game since a City Section appeals committee upheld penalties against the team, including a ban on postseason play this season.

But Westchester was able to put aside the reality that its season may end in two weeks, instead of stretching through the state playoffs in mid-March, and defeated Los Angeles Fairfax at Westchester.

The Comets, ranked No. 1 in the Southland by The Times, were able to overcome a two-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and take the lead for good, 49-48, when Rogdrick Craig scored off an offensive rebound in the first minute of the quarter.

Westchester (16-2, 5-0) then held the second-ranked Lions to seven points the rest of the way, giving up only two field goals.

Craig said the Comets started out slowly, but didn't approach the game any differently.

"We don't hold anything back," he said.

The Comets were penalized by the City Section for an alleged recruiting violation involving a Westchester assistant and 6-9 junior center Amir Johnson, who was also banned from practice and interscholastic play for one year for allegedly giving false information at a hearing last month.

The Comets have appealed to the California Interscholastic Federation and Westchester Coach Ed Azzam said he expects a favorable ruling later this week or early next week.

Azzam said before the game that his players have been having difficulty understanding why their season may be cut short.

"I'd say right now they're a little bit shocked, in terms of they believed the ruling would be fair because they know what happened," he said.

"Most of it is anger and frustration. Some of the guys are very close to Amir and they feel bad because he didn't do anything wrong."

Gabriel Pruitt, who led the Comets with 22 points, said the thought that his senior season might be cut short is hard to push aside.

"That pops in our head every once in a while," he said.

Fairfax (16-3, 4-1) shot the ball slightly better in the first half, making 14 of 32 shots compared to 13 of 34 for the Comets.

But Josh Shipp, who came into the game averaging 30 points per game for Fairfax, missed 11 of 14 shots and scored only six points in the first half. He finished with 15 points on five-for-21 shooting.

The Lions also turned the ball over 12 times in the second half.
--Dan Arritt

Tuesday, Jan. 27


Bravo 57, USC MaST 52
Petros Nagapetyan had 28 points for visiting Bravo (10-8, 3-1). USC MaST is 0-4 in league.

Monday, Jan. 26


Foshay 60, Elizabeth 45
Preston Newsom had 18 points and Kryston Tillett added 16 for Foshay (6-8, 4-1).

King-Drew 110, Marlton 53
Senior shooting guard Demetrius Turner scored 59 points, including a school-record 11 three-pointers, for host King Drew (8-8, 5-0). Turner broke the school single-game record of 42 set by teammate Marcus Rodgers three weeks ago against Gardena. Turner scored 20 points in each of the first two quarters as the Golden Eagles built a 60-25 halftime lead. Turner made 18 of 31 field goal attempts and 10 of 12 free throws. Junior forward Chris Richardson added 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for King Drew. Joey Ramirez scored 30 points for Marlton.

L.A. CES 59, Middle College 53
Ben Braziel scored 23 points and Tabrin Gulley added 11 points and 11 rebounds for host LACES (10-10, 3-2). Middle College (2-3 in league) was outscored, 13-6, in the fourth quarter.